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College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
For young people with college-educated parents, the path to higher education may be stressful. But, if their standardized test scores are too low, they can pay for a prep course; if their essay is lackluster, they can hire a writing coach. For many working-class students, there is no money for test prep or essay help. The alternatives to higher education are alluring.
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Neumann University names new president

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: Member College News
After a 7-month search, Neumann University (PA) has named its next president. Chris E. Domes, currently head of Silver Lake College (WI), will succeed Rosalie M. Mirenda, who is retiring after 21 years as president. Under Mirenda, Neumann grew from a commuter college of fewer than 900 students to a residential university of almost 3,000.
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Free college didn’t die with the Clinton campaign. It’s just getting started

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: Paying For College
The idea of free university tuition didn't die with the presidential candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Away from the national spotlight, momentum continues to build; new programs are being launched, propelled by bipartisan public and private-sector support at the state and local levels. More than 190 free-tuition programs have now begun in 40 states.
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Wells College president to Cuomo: Tuition-free program should include private colleges

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to provide free tuition for students at New York's public colleges and universities - part of his new budget plan - should be expanded to include private institutions, Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter said. Expanding the program would give students and their families more options and ensure that private colleges aren't "unfairly disadvantaged."
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Predator Colleges May Thrive Again

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: Higher Ed and Washington
Congress has tried since the 1940s to curb predatory for-profit colleges that survive almost solely on federal money while saddling students with crushing loans for useless degrees. The Obama Administration's 'Gainful Employment' rule was major progress - which may be wiped out by recently-appointed U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and her new staff.
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How to Help Your Kid Pick a College

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
Here are a few tips for the parents whose kids will pick their college this April: First, a message for pushy parents - resist the urge to push your little scholar up the rankings list. Second, a message for the clingy parents - If you desperately want your kids to stay close to home, your child will pick up on your desires. Now a message for all of us - let her pick.
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Study Shows How Price-Sensitive Students are Selecting Colleges

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
Every year, prospective students receive offers to attend their first choice college or university. And every year, according to a new study of 55,000 prospective freshmen, up to 40& of them turn down those offers for reasons related to the cost of attendance, financial aid, merit aid (elsewhere), etc.
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NJ PURE Announces College Tuition Rewards for its Policyholders and Staff

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: SAGE Scholars News
NJ PURE, a provider of medical professional liability insurance, has announced it has entered into an exclusive partnership with SAGE Scholars to participate in Tuition Rewards. 'We have worked hard to continue to provide additional benefits to our policyholders,' said Eric Poe, a Principal of NJ PURE.
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A Simple Improvement to College Admissions

March 24, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
New research finds that the English and Math sections of the ACT are much more useful in predicting college success than Reading and Science - and that junior and senior year grades are much more predictive of college and future labor market success than freshman and sophomore grades. If this becomes utilized in admission decisions, more students are likely to graduate.
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CUNY to Revamp Remedial Programs, Hoping to Lift Graduation Rates

March 22, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
For community college students, remedial courses don't put you any closer to a degree. The courses take time. They cost money — or consume a portion of a student’s financial aid — while offering no credits. Frustrated to be sitting in class without progress toward a degree, many students drop out. After one year, just half of CUNY students in remediation advance out of those classes.
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